Re: Can you remove a really bad tartar build up at home?
There's really no way for you to get a thorough cleaning at home. Dentists have special tools they can use to reach below the gumline where you can't. They also usually have a cavitron that works by ultrasonic waves to shatter plaque that is too hard otherwise to remove.
I urge you STRONGLY to get to a dentist for a thorough cleaning. Leaving plaque along the gumline will eventually dissolve the bone that holds in your teeth. And, once that happens you can run into some serious problems.
You cannot do this at home.
Once you have a good professional cleaning, brushing twice a day for two minutes each time (plaque hardens into calculus in about 12 hours) and then FLOSSing can keep your teeth clean. Floss can be your best friend for good dental health.
Please make an appt with your dentist. It really is important for you future dental well being.
Hope this helps.
My very best to you,